New Self/Less Featurette and Clip Explore the Debate Surrounding Immortality

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 - 4:35PM
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 - 4:35PM
New Self/Less Featurette and Clip Explore the Debate Surrounding Immortality
Self/Less, the upcoming sci-fi thriller starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley, has a thought-provoking premise that asks questions about the ramifications of futuristic medicine that would allow for effective immortality. Focus Features has just released a new clip and featurette, the latter of which delves deeper into those difficult questions:





I didn't really know what to make of the clip; it felt a little incomplete. But the featurette was extremely interesting, as it explored both the upsides and downsides of immortality. Aside from the obvious, one advantage of this technology would be "allowing great minds more time to finish their work," but then you're in the thorny territory of deciding whose lives matter more than others. That always goes well. Hopefully the film will deal with these ethical considerations thoughtfully, although I have a sinking feeling that it will devolve into run-of-the-mill thriller territory.

That being said, it was fascinating to hear director Tarsem Singh say, "Someday in the future, this will be a debate that's going to happen." While none of us will ever live out the plot of Tuck Everlasting, something analogous to the "shedding" process may very well exist in the future, and humanity is entirely (and terrifyingly) unprepared to deal with the ramifications of immortality.

Here is the official synopsis of Self/Less:

In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

Self/Less also stars Matthew Goode, Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery, Under the Dome's Natalie Martinez, and The Flash's Victor Garber. It is set to come out in theaters on July 10.
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